Martz blames players for “execution” issues
Posted by Mike Florio on November 30, 2011, 10:37 PM EST
To the extent that soon-to-be Jaguars owner Shahid Khan would consider hiring Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz to serve as the head coach of the Jaguars simply because Martz once served as head coach of the Rams when Khan was a Rams season-ticket holder, Khan may want to keep an eye on the situation in Chicago.
On Wednesday, Martz shifted blame from himself to his players for an ill-advised throwback screen pass that wiped out a possible first-half field goal for the Bears and resulted in a field goal for the Raiders, a six-point swing in a five-point game.
“I’ve done that for 20 years, and it’s never anything but a good play really,” Martz said Wednesday, via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. “We didn’t execute it very well. The ball got tipped. So when you throw a screen and the ball gets tipped. . . . Screens aren’t hard. It’s just something that happened. No, I’m not aware of [any criticism for the play call]. I didn’t think twice about that call. I thought it was OK.”
At least one player seemed to disagree with the concept of putting the blame on the players.
“We’ve just got to be really careful what kind of situations we put [quarterback Caleb Hanie] in,” injured quarterback Jay Cutler said. “Mike’s got be careful with that. We don’t really know what Caleb’s comfortable with; Caleb doesn’t know what he’s comfortable with. He hasn’t run a lot of these plays, hasn’t run a lot of this stuff in the offense in game situations, in high-pressure situations. We’ve just got to take care of him.”
As Mullin points out, it’s the second time this year that Martz has blamed the players after a questionable play call in a key situation. With the Bears driving for a possible game-tying touchdown against the Packers in the NFC title game, Martz called for an end around on third and three.
“It’s just an execution thing,” Martz said at the time. “If that works, it works. It was a great call; it didn’t work.”’
The message for the proposed buyer of the Jaguars? If you’re considering Martz, buyer beware.
Martz blames players for “execution” issues | ProFootballTalk
Martz is a joke... can't wait for the day Tice takes over (and we all know that will happen) the OC spot
If this is Martz's swan song before he's outta here it's a pretty poor tune. Just take the flak Mike that's what a good coach would do esp. with a backup qb and the playoffs on the line.
Arguing on the internet is like winning the special olympics, even if you win your still messed up.
Restore the roar!
I blame our LOFT
How dare you. He's only had 10yrs to assemble this team ! He deserves more time LOL ....
Originally Posted by 4th and 26
What should you call any : Fumble , Hold , Interception , Three and out , or Sack ?
A " F.H.I.T.S " ? or a J'Marcus ?
I dont know what Martz was thinking on that call.
I would have called a simple dropkick or a triple reverse
Originally Posted by Jerry Jones
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LOL, that's awesome!
Originally Posted by CalgaryBearsFan:853023
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap. Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
I agree with Martz and the players do suck. lol